Viscount. Sounds alright, doesn’t it? The titles and quaint constitutional privileges of Britain’s grandest families have always held a special fascination for the lesser classes, not least for the considerable wealth contained therein. Turns out some of these real-life Downton Abbey types are finding it increasingly hard to make rent and pay the bills. A full 60% of the United Kingdom’s historic houses, in fact, are now open to the public in some capacity for tours, conferences, events and the like, a survey by Britain’s Historic Houses Association reveals. Nearly a quarter of these stately piles will permit you for only a modest fee, no doubt to tie the proverbial knot on location. Some, such as the sprawling, 12,000-acre Goodwood Estate located about 60 miles south of London, near Chichester, West Sussex, are even embracing the creed of capitalism with an entrepreneur’s zeal. “The whole thing for us is we have to make money. We have to survive,” says the Earl of March, otherwise known as Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the 58-year-old heir apparent of the 10th Duke of Richmond. “Our challenge is that the overheads are so big, just the annual cost of keeping the grass cut is huge,” he says. Lord March’s family Earls are “informally” referred to as Lords has presided over Goodwood for more than 300 years. And the place itself is nothing if not a paean to the sumptuous money-making possibilities of English parkland.

Why Usain Bolt stays away from ‘English ladies’

Its the second university in the United Kingdom to recently take this stand, after the University of Edinburgh banned the chart-topper last week . The officers in Leeds student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it undermines and degrades women. The pop hit has been widely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity such as I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men. Alice Smart, one of the officers at Leeds student union, told the Independent that students reaction to the decision has been largely positive. A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we arent banning everything, but weve chosen this one as an example, because its so popular, Smart explained. Blurred Lines has reached number one in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) relied on similar logic when it moved to ban Blurred Lines earlier this month. EUSAs vice president pointed out that the song promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent, which violates the schools explicit policy to tackle rape culture and sexual harassment. Robin Thicke has brushed off the feminist critiques of Blurred Lines, saying its irresponsible to suggest that the lyrics are promoting rape, and noting that art is supposed to spark a conversation. But this week, the Sociological Images blog pointed out that many of the lyrics in Blurred Lines are lines that actual rapists have said to their victims. Using images from Project Unbreakable an online photo essay exhibit that features survivors holding signs noting what their rapists said to them before, during, or after their assault the sociology blog was able to match up Robin Thickes lyrics with sentences that have accompanied real instances of nonconsensual sexual activity. The issue of combating rape culture on college campuses has been especially prevalent across U.S.

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But dont feel bad; its not you, its him. Or more appropriately, its his fame, which causes British tabloids to document every detail of his love life. Apparently thats not cool when youre 27-year-old celebrity trying to play the field. The worlds fastest man spoke about his British dating issues with BBC Radio 5 Live: Ive learned from English ladies that you have to be very careful. Over the years Ive got into trouble three times after liking English ladies.All of sudden Im the paper, my whole story is in the paper, so Ive taken note of you English ladies, so Im very careful. I stay away from English ladies. Bolt is referring to some not-so-sordid stories that have appeared in rags like The Sun. He has a point. This is the same reason I abstained from dating Hollywood starlets during my 20s. I couldnt take the glare of the paparazzi. In other news, Bolt said his goals are to run the 100m in 9.4 seconds and to break 19-second barrier in the 200m. His current world records in those events are 9.58 and 19.19, respectively.